From The Hut To The Projects To The M CD (2009)

Artist: Wyclef Jean

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Product Overview


Label Carnival House/red
SKU 212513362
UPC 020286150725
UPC 14 00020286150725
Format CD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Author Wyclef Jean
Associated Artist/Work DJ Drama
Associated Artist/Work Ying Yang Twins
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Clauss; Ari Raskin; Jeff Villanueva
Producer Keith "Lil Wonda" Duplessis; Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis; Timbaland; Wyclef Jean; Jim Jonsin
CatalogID CH01
Lable Name Carnival House Records
Released 11/10/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 21s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00020286150725
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricist: Wyclef Jean.
Personnel: Arden "Keyz" Altino (keyboards, vocoder).
Audio Mixers: Dave Pensado; Dave Clauss; Ari Raskin.
Recording information: Chalice Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Paramount Recording Studios; Platinum Recording Studios, New York, NY; Quad Studio, New York, NY.
A wild mix of personal stories, high concept, and mixtape presentation, Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion is the sound of Wyclef Jean following all of his whims and desires as far as they'll take him, which apparently isn't as far as a whole album. According to the liner notes, this 17-track release is actually an EP, but like the mixtape branding of this being a "DJ Drama Presents" effort, all signs point to Wyclef marketing this as sideline release and not as part of his main discography. There are plenty of reasons to this, one being Wyclef's underdevelopment of this title character "Toussaint St. Jean," who is one-part 18th century Haitian hero, one part Wyclef rapping rather than singing. The character allows Wyclef freedom to complain about Auto-Tune, the spotlight shifting from Wyclef to, and some other personal annoyances, but this free-wheeling mixtape will suddenly shift to more global concerns, and enlist Cyndi Lauper for help on the elaborate highlight "Slumdog Millionaire." Elsewhere it's Lil' Kim bringing some serious gutter talk to the table, and Timbaland bringing the club-worthy, ultra-cool beats, and while Wyclef has made sensible, well-flowing albums out of this kind of diverse material before, here he takes the mixtape tactic and gives Drama a shout-out when the going gets rough. It doesn't spoil the show, and listening to Wyclef go every which way while exorcising some demons will still please fans no matter how bumpy the ride. Casual listeners may prefer one of his saner and more stable official albums, but as free-form diversions go, this one is rather thrilling. ~ David Jeffries
Disc 1
1 Interlude - From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion
2 Warrior's Anthem
3 Streets Pronounce Me Dead, The
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Interlude - Every Now & Then
6 Walk Away
7 More Bottles (War on Our Hands)
8 You Don't Wanna Go Outside
9 Toussaint Vs. Bishop
10 Interlude - the Struggle
11 We Made It
12 Suicide Love
13 Letter From the Penn
14 Gangsta Girl
15 Robotic Love
16 Interlude - Tell the Kids the Truth
17 Shottas, The
Product Attributes
Artist Jean,Wyclef
Music Format Compact Disc
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